This curriculum offers practical skills, training, and welding with theory and practice in oxy-fuel welding, inert gas shielded metal arc welding, flux-core arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, non-destructive testing and quality assurance, and CNC plasma cutting.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Graduates of the WA major can continue their education and expand their job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year BWE degree without loss of credits.
Jobs are available in construction welding, shipbuilding, fitting, industrial and production welding.
Natural Gas Distribution welders annual mean wage was $62,130 as of May 2013. (source)
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers was $39,390 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $62,100.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing||48,370||$18.86||$39,230|
|Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing||21,280||$19.21||$39,960|
|Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing||19,930||$18.37||$38,200|
|Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing||16,970||$19.26||$40,070|
|Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance||15,080||$20.24||$42,090|
Statistics reported in May 2016
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.
The four-year BWE major provides a unique opportunity for students enrolled in the WA associate's degree major to continue their education and expand job skills in the welding industry. The first two years of both the WA and BWE majors share a majority of the same courses, allowing for easy transfer into the four-year degree without loss of credits.
Tools, Personal Protection Equipment & Supplies
Students should review the Welding Tools & Supplies list to determine what tools and supplies they will need to purchase. The Welding department realizes that some students may not need to purchase the entire list of supples. These students may contact the School Office for guidance in purchasing their supplies. The College Store can provide the complete kit.
Personal Protection Equipment
- Leather work shoes (safety toes optional)
- Safety glasses
- Welding helmet with #10 lens
- Cutting goggles with #5 lens
- Welding jacket
- Welding gloves (SMAW & GTAW)
Personal Protection Equipment and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
American Welding Society (AWS)
SkillsUSA Champions at Work
Welding Advisory Committee
- Mr. James G Carpenter, Business Agent, Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local 520
- Mr. Richard A Conrad, Jr., Field Application Engineer, Hobart/Miller Electric
- Mr. Wayne A Leone, Welder Training & Testing for Susq. Nuclear Power Plant, PP&L
- Mr. Dwight L Myers, Director of Marketing Filler Metals, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products
- Mr. Michael Sebergandio, Quality Engineer - Welding, Case New Holland
- Mr. Dave Watson, Sales Engineer, Lincoln Electric
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.